Synopses & Reviews
Arriving to visit his son in a heavily Palestinian area of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Omar Yussef discovers the beheaded body of one of the boy’s roommates. When his son is arrested as a suspect, Omar Yussef must prove his innocence.
"The relentless cycle of violence and retribution follows Palestinian detective Omar Yussef to New York City, where he must deliver a speech at the U.N. on schooling in the Palestinian refugee camps, in Rees's excellent fourth mystery (after 2009's The Samaritan's Secret). When Yussef's son, Ala, is arrested after a decapitated body is found in Ala's Brooklyn apartment, Yussef's search for the real killer leads him from Atlantic Avenue to Coney Island and back to the U.N. Secretariat. In the process, he discovers that he's not quite the cosmopolitan man he thought himself to be, a realization shared by many Arab immigrants in the story. In truth, the residents of Little Palestine are caught between its subterranean mosques and the lure of Manhattan, where forbidden pleasures are ready for the plucking. Yussef remains reliably human and compassionate toward human fallibility, while raging openly at the corruption of his own leaders." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Rees tells this grim story with skill, specificity and richly detailed descriptions of people and places. . . . ["The Fourth Assassin"] offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life today.--"The Washington Post."
Omar Yussef investigates a mystery in the Palestinian community in Brooklyn.
About the Author
Matt Beynon Rees was born in South Wales. He was previously the Jerusalem bureau chief for TIME magazine and has covered the Middle East as a journalist for over a decade. He is the author of Cain’s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East, as well as four books in the Omar Yussef series. He won the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger for the first mystery in the series.